Hendersonville is one of the prettiest towns I’ve been to on this trip – pristine, especially the historic Main Street lined with trees.
But the whole time I was there, I never saw anyone without gray hair, retirees galore, all perfectly nice mind you, all spending their Social Security checks at the local shops, and everyone seemingly happy to be there – maybe THAT’S what threw me off? That and the fact that the town was TOO clean – as if I was on a movie set or in a Twilight Zone episode. I guess I’m too much of a jaded New Yorker to be in the presence of people who are genuinely nice all the time. I need some snark. And I need litter, so I can say, gee, who throws litter! I also need to be around people younger than I more often than not. I overheard someone say Hendersonville was just nominated as the Number One retirement city. The town brochure I picked up was page after page of local health care centers, ads for no-maintenance developments, craft shops – way too Mayberry for me. But obviously the town fathers of Hendersonville KNOW that retirees is what brings in the money so they do everything to bring them in. So bravo but I won’t be joining the population.
As we head to Charlotte Monday, we’ve had some time to think about our week in Western North Carolina. The mountain towns were my favorite but impossible to get to. So by process of elimination, they are out. Asheville has too many rasta-hippie kids hanging around but lots of craft breweries too. Not a place I see myself either even though it does have one major qualifier – a good regional airport that serves New York. Lake Lure is really pretty and gets a lot of active people coming to canoe, kayak, climb, and golf. So from that point of view, it’s a healthy good mix of young and older. Good grocery store. But far from everything else. No movie theater. And things close up off-season. I’ve eliminated Lake Lure too. And Hendersonville is out by the reasons outlined above. Therefore, Western North Carolina has been voted out. We’ll see what central NC and coastal towns have to offer.
I’ll leave you with a trivia question:
This cove and these stairs…..What movie – what scenes?